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ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN (DRAFTING) - DESIGN

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: Provides technical support and performs less complex drafting duties. Typically works under the supervision of a master draftsman.

I. Knowledge of Discipline

A. Codes & Compliance
B. Computer Skills/CADD
C. Estimating & Life Cycle
D. Multi-Disciplinary Teams
E. Materials/Methods
F. Principles of Surveying
G. Park/SSO/Central Office Experience

** additional technical areas:

Math (Scaling/Dimensioning)
Manual Equipment
Technical Manuals/Handbooks
Project Sequence

II. NPS Environmental-Heritage Ethic

A. Legislative Factors
B. Design Tradition/Future
C. Resource Stewardship

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

General knowledge of NPS ethic/policies/mission

Basic knowledge of drafting principles/terminology

Ability to read construction drawings

Ability to create detailed drawings from sketches

Ability to use mathematical formulas in computing areas and for scaling/dimensioning

Knowledge of NPS design process and office procedures

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: Provides a wide variety of technical support and services for engineering projects from conceptual planning through construction modification phase. Works mostly independently and coordinates with designers as required.

I. Knowledge of Discipline

A. Codes & Compliance
B. Computer Skills/CADD
C. Estimating
D. Multi-Disciplinary Teams
E. Materials/Methods
F. Principles of Surveying

** additional technical areas, same as entry level plus:

CADD data review/analysis/extraction/application

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Team Skills
B. Goal Setting
C. Creative Problem Solving

III. NPS Environmental-Heritage Ethic

A. Design Tradition/Future
B. Resource Stewardship

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Same as entry level plus:

Familiarity with basic engineering concepts/principles/practices/methods and materials

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: Provides specialized technical support from conception planning through design, construction modification phase of projects. Works on a variety of projects; specializes in one discipline, acts as lead technician.

I. Knowledge of Discipline

A. Codes & Compliance
B. Computer Skills
C. Estimating
D. Multi-Disciplinary Teams
E. Materials/Methods
F. Principles of Surveying
**additional technical areas, same as developmental level

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Team Building Skills
B. Goal Setting
C. Creative Problem Solving
D. Building Partnerships
E. Conflict Resolution

III. NPS Environmental-Heritage Ethic

A. Design Tradition/Future
B. Resource Stewardship

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Same as developmental level plus:

Technical knowledge of and ability to apply basic specific architecture and engineering concepts/principles/practices/ methods and materials

Ability to coordinate/organize and manage work within established time frames

Ability to analyze guidelines and resolve problems

Ability to participate as part of a multidisciplinary team and to mentor and guide lower graded employees/coworkers

Knowledge of NPS planning, design, construction and modification process

Familiarity with the contributions/requirements of other disciplines, i.e., civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, architecture, and landscape architecture

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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